Monday, March 19, 2012
Green: 'I'm not trying to go anywhere else'
By Mike Mazzeo
Gerald Green and the Nets could only agree on a contract through the end of the regular season. But that doesn’t mean the 26-year-old swingman wants out anytime soon.
“I’m not trying to go anywhere else,” Green said prior to Monday night’s game against Cleveland. “I don’t have a home. I feel like this is my home. And I’m hopeful things will work out. I feel like I’ve found a home here, and I’m not trying to go anywhere else for a while.”
GM Billy King had been hopeful that the Nets might be able to lock up Green for next season as well, but the two sides weren’t able to reach an accord.
Still, Green, who has averaged 11.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 11 games since signing a pair of 10-day contracts with the Nets and helped fortify the team’s weak small forward position, is glad to have a bit of security.
“It’s a blessing to get another opportunity in this league,” Green said. “Most players don’t get a second chance, and to have this second chance is just a blessing for me.”
• Jordan Farmar (sore right groin) is out Monday.
Farmar, who had missed the previous two games with the same injury, will go through a light practice on Tuesday, and possibly return on Wednesday night against Washington.
Shelden Williams (shoulder) will start and play his 47th game this season. He’s the only Net to have accomplished that feat in 2011-12.
• Coach Avery Johnson said he wants to use the last 20 games of the season to establish an identity for his team.
As NBA.com’s John Schuhmann suggests: it shouldn’t be allowing 47.6 percent shooting and 38.1 percent from 3-point range -- or rather, being the worst defensive team in the league.
• Johnson wouldn’t say DeShawn Stevenson is out of the rotation per say, but he is behind Gerald Wallace, Green, MarShon Brooks and Anthony Morrow on the depth chart.
Stevenson, who didn’t play on Saturday night, could be used in late-game defensive situations and when the team wants to use a defensive lineup.
• Johnson said Wallace defended his position well in his New Jersey debut and gave the team some flexibility at power forward.
The 29-year-old gave the Nets 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and three blocks on Saturday in 37 minutes.